Thursday, February 27, 2014

Family Crisis

We have a family member in hospital; so I'm unable to update my blog regularly right now.  I'll try to post again when I can.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Weekly Deals

It's Tuesday, time for some new weekly deals.  We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Backyard Basics Framelits Dies Item # 129380
Regular Price: 24.95 US/30.95 CAN
Discounted Price: 18.71 US/23.21 CAN

Gold Metallic Encore Pad Item # 132141
Regular Price: 9.95 US/12.95 CAN
Discounted Price: 7.46 US/9.71 CAN

Basics Glimmer Brads Item # 121003
Regular Price: 4.95 US/6.5 CAN
Discounted Price: 3.71 US/4.88 CAN

Paper Doily Sizzlits Die Item # 125592
Regular Price: 21.95 US/26.95 CAN
Discounted Price: 16.46 US/20.21 CAN

Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon Item # 126844
Regular Price: 8.95 US/12.25 CAN
Discounted Price: 6.71 US/9.19 CAN

Summer Starfruit 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon Item # 126846
Regular Price: 8.95 US/12.25 CAN
Discounted Price: 6.71 US/9.19 CAN


Season By Season Kit - Digital Download Item # 130060
Regular Price: 9.95 US/10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: 5.97 US/6.57 CAN

Friday, February 21, 2014

Happy Birthday, Tara!

Today is my niece, Tara's, birthday.  I made her a lovely spring themed birthday card using the scallop tag topper punch closure.  Tara likes teal and purple, but I wanted something more bright and cheery for her.

Stamp Sets: Secret Garden, Sincere Salutations
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories: Scalloped tag topper punch, secret garden framelits, Calypso Coral baker's twine

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SC476 Sketch Challenge

I decided to try my hand at this week's SCS sketch challenge 476.  Click here to view the sketch challenge.

Since we've have two days of 40 degree temps in the Chicago area, here's my version:

Stamp Set: Starburst Sayings
Cardstock: Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Whisper White, Sweet Sorbet dsp
Ink: Pool Party, Summer Starfruit
Accessories: Big Shot, Starburst framelits, banner punch

For Loretta

Today is Loretta's birthday.  Thought she'd like a whimsical card.

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories:  Big Shot, Elegant Bouquet TIEF, Beautiful Wings embosslit, gold brad, glue dots

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Weekly Deals and New Clearance Items

We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

In Color Dahlias Item # 127556
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Label Insert Pop' N Cuts Die Item # 130160
Regular Price: $21.95 US/$26.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $16.46 US/$20.21 CAN

Gold & Silver Stampin' Glitter  Item # 132205Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Silver Metallic Encore Pad Item # 132142
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$12.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $7.46 US/$9.71 CAN

Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die Item # 116824Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

3/16 Inch Corner Punch  Item # 119871
Regular Price: $6.95 US/$8.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.21 US/$6.71 CAN

Etcetera Designer Series Paper  Item # 130129
Regular Price: $10.95 US/$13.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.21 US/$10.13 CAN

A Royal Day Ensemble - Digital Download Item # 130079
Regular Price: $14.95 US/$16.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.97 US/$9.90 CAN

In addition to this week's deals, check out the Clearance Rack for new items.  See the clearance rack.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy Birthday Emily!

Today is little Ms. Emily's birthday.  I can't think of a sweeter young lady.  She loves to go fishing with her Daddy.  For her card I used the new Scallop Tag Topper punch to create a fun fold card.

Stamp Sets: Grunge Rock, Really Good Greetings, Simply Stars
Cardstock:  Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Sweet Sorbet dsp
Ink: Basic Black, Crisp Cantalope, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party
Accessories: scallop tag topper punch, pool party twine

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

I'm posting late today because I don't want my little Valentine to be a sneaky finch.  Last night we went to my sister's house for dinner.  My nephew, Michael, came home for a visit.  He's in his last semester at Arizona State.  The boy has a sock tan!  He said it was cooler this week (only in the '80s).  Well, I guess his body is shocked by the cold Chicago temps now!  Welcome Home Michael, we've missed you!

Stamp Set: Banner Blast, Follow My Heart, Grateful Greetings
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla and Sending Love specialty paper
Ink: Blushing Bride, Real Red, VersaMark
Accessories: Banner punch, small heart punch, Cherry Cobbler twine, silver embossing powder, heat tool, sponge, dimensionals

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine Test Tube Treat

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day; so here's my last candy treat - a test tube Valentine.

Stamp Set: A Round Array
Cardstock: Real Red, Very Vanilla and Sending Love specialty paper
Ink: Pretty in Pink
Accessories: 3/4" punch and 1-1/4" scallop circle punch, red sticky tape, dimensionals

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Deal Extended

The Paper Pumpkin promotion has been going so well that we decided to extend it to capitalize on the excitement surrounding Sale-A-Bration. Right now at Stampin' Up!, it's a great time to earn free gifts: spend $50 on occasions catalog or other Stampin' Up! products and get a free Sale-A-Bration gift; sign up for a new Paper Pumpkin membership and get a free set of markers!  Please remember you need to be a new subscriber to the Paper Pumpkin program to get the markers, not just a new subscriber to me.

Dates: January 11-March 31, 2014

This is important: Please make sure to pick me, Karen Christensen - zipcode is 60046 as your Demonstrator. I don't always get a notice when you subscribe, so when you do, please let me know...Thanks! It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up at and click to join.
Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!
Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, d├ęcor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.  
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on March 10th, we'll send your kit around Marcv 15th. If you sign up on March 11th, we'll send your first kit around April 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!) 
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

This Week's Deals

We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Tasteful Trim Bigz Die Item # 120893
Regular Price: $42.95 US/$52.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $32.21 US/$39.71 CAN
Artisan Label Punch Item # 130920
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$21.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$16.46 CAN
Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Ribbon
Item # 126848

Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.19 CAN
Floral Frames Framelits Dies Item # 127012
Regular Price: $26.95 US/$32.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.21 US/$24.71 CAN 
Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 129378
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN
Primrose Petals Classic Stampin' Pad
Item #126858

Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.44 CAN
Whisper White 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Item #126877
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.75 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$5.06 CAN
Let It Snow Kit - Digital Download
Item # 132963

Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN

Friday, February 7, 2014

Scalloped Tag Topper Treat Holder

With Valentine's Day next week, I thought I'd show a quick and easy treat holder.  I used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch from the Occasions mini catalog to create this project.  Fuzzy picture due to my cell phone.

Stamp Set:  Tags 4 You
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: scalloped tag topper punch, bracket label punch, 5/8" whisper white satin ribbon, dimensionals

Here's the scalloped tag topper punch from the Occasions catalog:

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Photopolymer: Sans and Stripes Set

We have a brand-new photopolymer stamp set available. 
Sans and Stripes
item 136796
It's a trendy must-have alphabet set that offers bold and striped options-they look fab alone or used together!

Sans and Stripes Photopolymer Stamp Set

To view the flyer: click here

Monogram Yourself

Circle Monogram Stamp

Completely customize this stamp with your info. Use it for letters, labeling, gifts, thank-you notes—whatever you want!

Our Circle Monogram Stamp comes in photopolymer only. Clear Block B (item 117147) recommended. Coordinates with the 1-3/8" Circle Punch (item 119860). Purchase separately.

You can preview your stamp before submitting your order (note that font styles and images are set). Personalized stamps are nonrefundable. Stamp will ship from a third party vendor, separate from any other items included in your order.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

This Week's Deals

We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Calypso Coral 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Item # 130018

Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN 

Soft Sky 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon
Item # 131210

Regular Price: $6.95 US/$9.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.21 US/$7.13 CAN

Simply Pressed Clay Item # 130685
Regular Price: $6.95 US/$8.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.21 US/$6.71 CAN

Island Indigo 3/4" Chevron Ribbon
Item # 131151

Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN

From My Heart Wood Mount Stamp Set
Item # 132007

Regular Price: $39.95 US/$48.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $29.96 US/$36.71 CAN

Canvas Creations Item # 129375
Regular Price: $3.95 US/$5.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.96 US/$4.13 CAN

Delicate Dies Sizzlits Die Item # 126999
Regular Price: $21.95 US/$26.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $16.46 US/$20.21 CAN

Sweetest Ever Valentines' Designer Template Item # 129009
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Superbowl XLVIII

After many years, the Seattle Seahawks have finally won the Superbowl championship 43 to 8.  I've been a fan since the Jim Zorn to Steve Largent days.  Yes, I've dated myself waa-ay back.  QB Russell Wilson is so baby faced.  Today's card is dedicated to MVP linebacker Malcolm Smith #53.

Stamp Set: Headline Numbers, Sporting Goods
Cardstock: Gumball Green, Night of Navy, Smokey Slate, Soft Suede
Ink: Early Espresso, Gumball Green, Night of Navy
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, silver stampin' dazzle, dimensionals